Simmons Foods announced that it will lay off 180 workers and slow chicken production, due to the rising cost of grain prices. The company said in a statement that with high grain prices caused by corn being used to make ethanol, the company has decided to realign its production and eliminate the jobs as of April 15. Officials said they would like to restore the positions as the market improves.

The company did not disclose what types of jobs were being cut or where the layoffs would take place, reports The Republic (Columbus, Ind.). The company, headquartered in Siloam Springs, Ark., has operations in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Source: The Republic